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Wind causes major problems on I-25

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Overturned semi on I-25 near Briargate Overturned semi on I-25 near Briargate
COLORADO SPRINGS -

Strong, gusty winds made things difficult for drivers along I-25 on Monday, especially truck drivers. According to CDOT, 16 trucks overturned in the Colorado Springs area as hurricane-force winds blew right across I-25.

"There was one guy just stuck in traffic and he just got flipped over right in front of me. Just picked him up and turned him over. No control whatsoever," said truck driver Glenn Sterling, who has been a truck driver for 22 years.

"You just keep hold of that steering wheel with both hands. If not, it will throw you," said truck driver Don Caudill, who has been driving for 45 years.

After seeing what happened to so many others, many truck drivers decided to pull over even before CDOT put out the restrictions for truckers and other high profile vehicles on I-25 from Monument to New Mexico.

"It was starting to rock me too much," Caudill said. "I was going 20 miles an hour. I said, 'That's enough.'"

Some truck drivers even said Monday's wind storm was the worst they'd ever seen.

"Worse than Wyoming," Sterling said. "Craziest thing I've ever seen," another driver said.

Trucks were lined up along the interstate for hours waiting for wind to die down. Drivers said their stops will put them way behind schedule, but in this wind they said it was the right call.

"Hopefully by tonight, I'm only 60 miles away so I should get up there. Better safe than sorry," Sterling said.

CDOT lifted the high wind restriction on I-25 between Monument and New Mexico Monday night.

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